Ullswater singletrack in the sun

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2015-02-17

After umming and ahhing all week we decided the weather and snow conditions in the Lakes would be ideal for a ride on the day after our Marske ride. Nine of us including Judith, Alan and me from Saturday and also Sean, Tim (on his first SOC ride and a different Tim from yesterday), Baz, Andy, Rachel and Rob met up in Pooley Bridge to tackle the classic Ullswater singletrack ride. The weather was superb with blue skies and fantastic views and the snow had retreated to the highest ground so our way looked clear. Ground conditions were pretty good for February so we made good progress up to the Cockpit and then a fast descent of the long and fun track round towards Howtown.

Next the tricky, rocky singletrack beside the lake. Everybody loved this bit, especially the slightly heart stopping section that Nev fell off a few years ago and ended up 30 foot below us down by the lake. No incidents this time and some very impressed walkers stopped to watch us on some of the rockiest sections. The next push up to Boredale Hause doesn't get any easier however many times you do it, our choice of route this time was probably the hardest way so we made a note of that for next time. We continued on up onto Beda Fell and then enjoyed the long, swoopy singletrack descent of Martindale. I just avoided a collision with a car on the road at the bottom (neither of us could see around the corner well enough but he was going too fast and I was lucky).

Then finally the road return to Pooley Bridge (but only after Rob had decided to make a pointless crossing of a stream and end up paddling in it). We all finished up in the pub as the cafe was shut for the winter but they didn't have any cake! The boys were all starving so we had to send the bar staff down to ransack the cellar for crisps and nuts instead. A marvellous day out, we were all pretty tired by the end, especially me as we haven't done any mountain biking for two months. Thanks everyone for coming.

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